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Oct 14, 2019 BBC Radio 4
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BBCR4 2019 Napoleon's Retreat from Moscow In Our Time Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss how, in September 1812, Napoleon captured Moscow and waited a month for the Russians to meet him, to surrender and why, to his dismay, no-one came. Soon his triumph was revealed as a great defeat; winter was coming, supplies were low; he ordered his Grande Armée of six hundred thousand to retreat and, by the time he crossed back over the border, desertion, disease, capture, Cossacks and cold had reduced that...
Topic: BBC Radio Documentary
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Oct 14, 2019 BBC Radio 4
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BBCR4 2015 Highway 61: Fifty Years On Andy Kershaw re-examines the Bob Dylan album that changed popular music and his life. Beginning with the resounding hit of a snare drum, Like A Rolling Stone starts Bob Dylan's first fully electrified album, Highway 61 Revisited. When he first heard the song in his mother's car, Bruce Springsteen said it was "like somebody kicked open the door to your mind." The album represents the birth of rock music, as opposed to the pop or beat music that...
Topic: BBC Radio Music Documentary
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Oct 14, 2019 Angela Carter
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BBCR4 2018 The Bloody Chamber 15 Minute Drama Five stories to gobble you up. From Angela Carter's iconic collection of fairy stories and dramatised for radio by Olivia Hetreed. At the time of writing The Bloody Chamber in the late 1970s, Carter was disaffected by both sides of the feminist debate. She re-worked traditional fairy tales from her own unique, literary outsider's point of view, putting women at the centre of the stories. With their feisty heroines and orgiastic mash-up of beasts,...
Topic: BBC Radio Drama
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Oct 14, 2019 Margery Allingham
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BBCR4 2003 Sweet Danger A crime novel by Margery Allingham, first published in October 1933, in the United Kingdom by Heinemann, London and in the United States by The Crime Club as Kingdom of Death; later US versions used the title The Fear Sign. It is the fifth adventure of the mysterious Albert Campion, aided as usual by his butler/valet/bodyguard Magersfontein Lugg, and introduces the recurring character of Amanda Fitton. When Averna, a tiny but oil-rich principality on the Adriatic Sea,...
Topic: BBC Radio Drama
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Oct 14, 2019 Mike Harding
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BBC Audio 1989 Mike Harding (born 23 October 1944) is an English singer, songwriter, comedian, author, poet, broadcaster and multi-instrumentalist. Harding has also been a photographer, traveller, filmmaker and playwright. Harding began performing as a folk singer and as a member of several local Manchester bands in the 1960s, making his first recordings for the Topic label. He began telling jokes between songs, eventually extending them into longer humorous anecdotes which became the main...
Topic: BBC Radio Comedy
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Oct 14, 2019 BBC Radio 4
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BBCR Podcast 2019 The Missing Cryptoqueen Join writer Jamie Bartlett on the hunt for the woman who promised to make millions rich through a cryptocurrency called OneCoin. Dr Ruja Ignatova persuaded millions to join her financial revolution. Then she disappeared. Why? Jamie Bartlett presents a story of greed, deceit and herd madness.
Topic: BBC Radio Documentary
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Oct 14, 2019 Simon Kane
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BBCR4 2017 1 Time Spanner A mind-bending time-travelling comic adventure which sees Martin Gay's 40th birthday disrupted by two very important moments: one is meeting Gabbie, the girl of his dreams who he might possibly have just said totally the wrong thing to; and the other is being forced at gunpoint through a supernatural mirror into a world of angels, robots and the most powerful tool in the universe, the Time Spanner, which gives the holder the power to span time. Will Martin use the time...
Topic: BBC Radio Comedy
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Oct 14, 2019 Tom Wrigglesworth
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BBCR4 2010 Tom Wrigglesworth's Open Letters s1+2 Stand-up comedian Tom Wrigglesworth regales his audience with tales of corporate lunacy and ridiculous rip-offs This series started life as a one-off recording of Tom Wrigglesworth's Edinburgh Comedy Award nominated stand-up routine about a rude and unhelpful train guard. After the success of this first show, Tom was commissioned to return to Radio 4 to regale his audience with more tales of corporate lunacy and ridiculous rip-offs. Through the...
Topic: BBC Radio Comedy
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Oct 13, 2019 BBC Radio 4
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BBCR4 2014 This Sceptred Isle 1087 - 1327 The Making of the Nation Covering the period from 1087 to 1327, this is part of a major Radio 4 series telling the history of Britain from the Roman invasion to the death of Victoria. Narrated by Anna Massey, the series draws on Churchill's "A History of the English-speaking Peoples", with extracts read by Paul Eddington
Topic: BBC Radio Documentary
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Oct 13, 2019 BBC Radio 4
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BBCR4 2019 Doctor Who The Lost Stories: Point of Entry The Sixth Doctor and his assistant Peri are aboard the TARDIS when it crash lands in Elizabethan England, as dark forces are preparing to invade Earth... An adventure originally written for the BBC's Doctor Who TV series but never made. Colin Baker stars as the Sixth Doctor. Peri ...... Nicola Bryant Kit Marlowe ...... Matt Addis Velez ...... Luis Solo Iguano ...... Sean Connolly Tom ...... Tam Williams Alys ...... Gemma Wardle Sir Francis...
Topic: BBC Radio Drama
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Oct 13, 2019 BBC Radio 4
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BBCR4 2019 Doctor Who The Lost Stories: Paradise 5 When the Sixth Doctor and his companion, Peri check in on an old friend, Professor Albrecht Thompson, they discover he's vanished - and last sighted taking a shuttle to the eerie holiday resort planet of Paradise 5... An adventure originally written for the BBC's Doctor Who TV series but never made. Colin Baker stars as the Sixth Doctor. Peri ...... Nicola Bryant Gabriel ...... Alex Macqueen Michael ...... James 'D'Arcy Stella/ Bella .........
Topic: BBC Radio Drama
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Oct 13, 2019 BBC Radio 4
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BBCR4E 2019 Doctor Who The Lost Stories: Leviathan When the TARDIS materialises near a castle in a sinister medieval society, the Doctor and Peri befriend Gurth, a terrified youth who is attempting to flee the village.... An adventure originally written for the BBC's Doctor Who TV series but never made. Colin Baker stars as the Sixth Doctor. Peri ...... Nicola Bryant Gurth ...... Howard Gossington Herne the Hunter ...... John Banks Althya ...... Beth Chalmers Wulfric ...... Jamie Parker Siward...
Topic: BBC Radio Drama
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Oct 12, 2019 Margaret Atwood
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BBCR4 2019 Margaret Atwood - The Testaments Omnibus Episodes Margaret Atwood's powerful and long-awaited sequel to The Handmaid's Tale, set 15 years after the events of her dystopian masterpiece. The Republic of Gilead maintains its grip on power, but there are signs it is beginning to rot from within. Now the testimonies of three different women bring the story to a dramatic conclusion. We hear from infamous Aunt Lydia. From Agnes, a young girl who has only known life in Gilead; and from...
Topic: BBC Radio Drama
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Oct 12, 2019 Lawrie Wyman
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BBC Light Programme 1966 The Embassy Lark is a radio comedy series broadcast from 1966 to 1968 as a spin-off from The Navy Lark. It was written by Lawrie Wyman and starred Frank Thornton and Derek Francis. It was produced by Sir Alistair Scott-Johnston. Three series, of 13, 14 and 15 episodes, were made. The show was set in the British Embassy in the fictional country of Tratvia and was concerned with the various (mis)adventures of the British Ambassador Sir Jeremy Crichton-Buller (Francis) and...
Topic: BBC Radio Comedy
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Oct 11, 2019 Archive on 4
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BBCR4 2019 Chemists' Dirty Secret Archive on 4 For more than a hundred years chemical weapons have terrorised, maimed and killed soldiers and civilians alike. As a chemist, the part his profession has played in the development of these weapons has long concerned Andrea Sella, Professor of Chemistry at University College London. In this programme he examines the motivation of chemists like Dr Fritz Haber, who first encouraged the German military to deploy chlorine gas in World War One for the...
Topic: BBC Radio Documentary
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Oct 11, 2019 Howard Barker
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BBCR3 1999 (14-02-1999; 8:45pm) A House Of Correction (Howard Barker) In Barker's latest play for radio, three women and a sick old man sit in a ruined palace, preparing themselves for a forthcoming war. Their little household is changed for ever with the arrival of a perfidious courier. Starring Juliet Stevenson, Nicholas Le Prevost, Jennie Stoller, Victoria Wicks, David Bradley, Ioan Meredith and Patience Tomlinson. Directed by Richard Wortley.
Topic: BBC Radio Drama
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Oct 11, 2019 Richard Holmes
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BBCR3 2007 A Cloud in a Paper Bag Sunday Feature This drama-documentary by biographer Richard Holmes tells the story of the first decades of ballooning in the early 1800s. Today's sport was then a scientific revolution underwritten with poetry. Getting up and staying aloft was a huge challenge, and what the pioneer balloonists saw from their baskets changed the way we think about the world. In the race to be the first across the Channel, the age old rivalry between Britain and France was...
Topic: BBC Radio Docudrama
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Oct 11, 2019 Peter J Hammond
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ATV Audio 2005 Sapphire & Steel is a British television supernatural sci-fi/fantasy series starring David McCallum as Steel and Joanna Lumley as Sapphire. Produced by ATV, it ran from 1979 to 1982 on the ITV network. The series was created by Peter J. Hammond who conceived the programme under the working title The Time Menders,[1] after a stay in an allegedly haunted castle. Hammond also wrote all the stories except for the fifth, which was co-written by Don Houghton and Anthony Read. From...
Topic: BBC Radio Drama
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Oct 11, 2019 Armando Iannucci
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BBCR4 2005 Armando Iannucci's Charm Offensive s1-4 Armando Iannucci's Charm Offensive is a topical radio comedy panel show recorded in front of a live audience. Each week the host and his three guests make satirical comment on current events. The show also features sketches and messed-about archive material, all of which tend to have a strong surreal element. The series returns each summer to fill Radio 4's Friday 6.30pm slot whilst The News Quiz and The Now Show, the two comedies that normally...
Topic: BBC Radio Comedy
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Oct 11, 2019 P G Wodehouse
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BBCR4 1989 Blandings - Pigs Have Wings In Pigs Have Wings, affably potty Lord Emsworth is embroiled in a fierce pig-rearing battle with his obese neighbour, Sir Gregory Parsloe-Parsloe. Tossed in for good measure: romantic entanglements, some dubious detective work and a fearful dieting product called 'Slimmo'. Blandings is also never complete without the resourcefulness of canny Gally Threepwood, the staunchness of 'man mountain' butler Beach and the stentorian tones of Lady Constance....
Topic: BBC Radio Comedy
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Oct 10, 2019 Gyles Brandreth
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BBCR4 2018 Two hundred years ago this year Gyles Brandreth's ancestor Jeremiah was found guilty of treason and beheaded. His crime? He was a stocking maker whose livelihood was destroyed by mechanisation, and as a Luddite rebel he lead a failed rebellion against the changes devastating his life and community. Change, Gyles argues, rarely come without a cost. So is change, as the management gurus would have us believe, really so vital for our wellbeing? In this programme he asks an Economist,...
Topic: BBC Radio Documentary
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Oct 10, 2019 Howard Barker
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BBCR3 1999 Albertina, by Howard Barker          BBC Radio 3: The Sunday Play Broadcast: Sunday 13th June 1999 @ 7:30 p.m. In Howard Barker's play, subtitled 'The 20 Duologues', the Bishop of Albertina, a tiny state in old Europe, has proposed to Rocklaw, the town's intellectual, that all undesirables should be carried off on a Ship of Fools. But Rocklaw is plagued by jealousy when his wife follows her lover on board. With Nicholas Le Prevost [Grodiska, an actor], Juliet Stevenson [Lyback,...
Topic: BBC Radio Drama
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Oct 10, 2019 Neil Gaiman
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BBCR4 2017 by Neil Gaiman, adapted by Dirk Maggs Neil Gaiman's Anansi Boys comes to Radio 4, with a stellar cast, and a specially commissioned song written and performed by Jacob Anderson (Game of Thrones's Grey Worm) who makes his radio debut as Fat Charlie Nancy, a South London boy whose dad is trouble. And not just your standard, run of the mill kind of trouble: more like, your trickster God and master of mischief and storytelling kind of trouble. Jacob Anderson is a musician (as Raleigh...
Topic: BBC Radio Drama
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Oct 10, 2019 Marcus Powell
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BBCR4 2004 Do Nothing 'Til You Hear From Me is a ten-part BBC Radio 4 sitcom originally broadcast in 2004, written by British comic actor and writer Marcus Powell based on his Roy Diamond character. In the radio version, produced by Carol Smith, the cantankerous Jamaican stand-up comedian played by Powell was transformed into an equally cantankerous trombone player, Roy Walcott, Genre    Sitcom Running time    30 minutes Country of origin    United Kingdom Language(s)    English...
Topic: BBC Radio Comedy
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Oct 10, 2019 Ross Noble
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BBCR4 2002 Ross Noble Goes Global s1+2 Surreal improvisational comedian Ross Noble takes his unusual style of Geordie stand up all over the world Part stand up - part travel show. Ross Noble takes his unique style of stand up comedy to various locations all over the world, while also giving a unique guide to the local area. Genre     Stand-Up Broadcast     2002 - 2003 Channel     BBC Radio 4 Episodes     9   (2 series) Star     Ross Noble Writer     Ross Noble Producer...
Topic: BBC Radio Comedy
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Oct 9, 2019 BBC Radio 4
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BBCR4 1995 This Sceptred Isle 55BC - 1087AD Anna Massey narrates the history of Britain, from the Roman invasion to the Boer War This Sceptred Isle is a radio series written by historian Christopher Lee about the story of the lands and peoples of Britain by the British Broadcasting Corporation. It was produced by Pete Atkin and broadcast in 1995 twice each day–in the morning and late at night–on Radio 4
Topic: BBC Radio Documentary
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Oct 9, 2019 Anton Chekhov
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Sunday Play: Ivanov BBC Radio 3, 21 October 2001 18.30 By Anton Chekhov, adapted for radio by David Hare. Chekhov was only 27 when he wrote this portrait of Nikolai Ivanov, an intelligent man beset by guilt and frustration when he finds himself drawn to a beautiful young girl. Contributors Author: Anton Chekhov Adapted by/Director: David Hare Music: Nick Bicat. Ivanov: Ralph Fiennes Borkin: Anthony O'Donnell Anna Petrovna: Harriet Walter Count Shabyelski: Oliver Ford Davies Lebedev: Bill...
Topic: BBC Radio Drama
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Oct 9, 2019 Nick McCarty
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BBCR4 2007 A Confidential Agent (Retired) Another adventure for Nick McCarty's former private investigator Liz Parker, now retired in France. Liz discovers that Nicholas has some loyal friends and some frightening enemies. Liz ...... Jillie Meers Jean ...... Robin Ellis Mary ...... Marian Diamond Gloria ...... Jane Whittenshaw Nicholas ...... Philip Franks Penelope ...... Cheryl Campbell Alicia ...... Valerie Sarruf Michelle ...... Cosima Littlewood Gallery attendant ...... Michael McStay...
Topic: BBC Radio Drama
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Oct 9, 2019 Hinge + Bracket
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BBCR4 1990 At Home with Hinge and Bracket Dr Evadne Hinge and Dame Hilda Bracket, played by George Logan and Patrick Fyffe, entertain with songs and jokes a-plenty. A special guest joins the dear ladies for songs and conversation in each episode. 1/6 - 16 Nov 1990 - Guest: Operatic soloist Rosalind Plowright. 2/6 - 23 Nov 1990 - Guest: Actor-singer-composer Anthony Newley. 3/6 - 30 Nov 1990 - Guest: Legendary comedy actress June Whitfield. 4/6 - 07 Dec 1990 - Guest: Renowned clarinettist Jack...
Topic: BBC Radio Comedy
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Oct 9, 2019 Mark Steel
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BBCR4 1999 The Mark Steel Lecture Mark Steel presents a series of lectures about people who changed the course of history Left wing satirist and stand-up comedian Mark Steel looks at some of the most important people in our history, from the ancients to those still with us today. His lectures cover the likes of W. G. Grace, who Steel considers to be the first modern celebrity; Che Guevara, possibly the only revolutionary in history to also suffer from asthma; and Lord Byron, who once kept a pet...
Topic: BBC Radio Comedy
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Oct 8, 2019 Alan Harris
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BBCR4 2017 Kafka's Metamorphosis Dangerous Visions By Franz Kafka Adapted by Alan Harris. A darkly comic updating of the classic tale. Gregor Samsa's life is dominated by routine - the monotony of his busy commute, mindless call centre job and crowded tower block home is steadily taking its toll. Then one morning Gregor awakes to find himself transformed into a giant insect. As he attempts to master life with six legs, his family must also learn to live with his new look. Writer Alan Harris...
Topic: BBC Radio Comedy
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Oct 8, 2019 BBC Radio 4
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BBCR4 1996 Goodness Gracious Me s1-3 Award-winning sketch comedy from Sanjeev Bhaskar, Kulvinder Ghir, Meera Syal and Nina Wadia BBC Radio 4 sketch show satirising British and Asian culture. Genre     Sketch Show Broadcast     1996 - 1999 Channel     BBC Radio 4 Episodes     14   (3 series)
Topic: BBC Radio Comedy
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Oct 8, 2019 Barry Cryer
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BBCR4E 2003 Barry Cryer - Rock of Ages Barry Cryer as you've never heard him before - belting out the blues, and a string of classic gags. From his hit 2002 Edinburgh Fringe show. Ably assisted by Tottenham's finest rocker Ronnie Golden and featuring top rockers Ronnie And The Rex featuring Pete Turtle, Richard Simmons and Richard Allen. Scripted by Barry Cryer, Ronnie Golden and John Dowie. Producer: Dave Cohen. First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in July 2003.
Topic: BBC Radio Music Documentary
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Oct 8, 2019 BBC Radio 4
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BBCR4 2016 Historian Adam Smith tells the stories of the giants of American business, who seized the great new opportunities thrown up by the United States' Industrial Revolution Cornelius Vanderbilt The Robber Barons In the 19th century, so-called 'Robber Barons' - men like Cornelius Vanderbilt, Jay Gould, Andrew Carnegie, John D. Rockefeller and J.P. Morgan - seized the great new opportunities thrown up by the United States' Industrial Revolution. The Robber Barons built vast businesses, and...
Topic: BBC Radio Documentary
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Oct 8, 2019 G F Newman
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BBCR4 2013 Crime drama chronicling the fortunes of one family against the backdrop of a revolution in crime. A new long-running drama series from G F Newman based on the characters from the multi-award winning writer's best-selling crime novel. Spanning six decades, it plots the course of one family against the backdrop of a revolution in crime as the underworld extends its influence to the very heart of the establishment, in an uncomfortable relationship of shared values. Joey Oldman is a...
Topic: BBC Radio Drama
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Oct 8, 2019 John Gradwell
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BBCR4 1996 Are You From The Bugle? Sitcom about a local newspaper, written by a journalist Genre     Sitcom Broadcast     1996 Channel     BBC Radio 4 Episodes     6   (1 series) Starring     Jeffrey Holland, Robert Beck, David Ryall, Sue Devaney, Dean Williamson and Frances Jeater Writer     John Gradwell Producer     Kathy Smith
Topic: BBC Radio Comedy
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Oct 7, 2019 Edith Wharton
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BBCR4 2010 Edith Wharton - The Custom of the Country Classic Serial Dramatisation by Jane Rogers of Edith Wharton's 1913 satire of marriage and money in early 20th-century American society. When the beautiful Undine Spragg arrives in New York, she sets her sights on Ralph Marvell, but will he live up to her expectations? Undine Spragg ...... Rebecca Night Mrs Spragg ...... Barbara Barnes Mrs Heeny ...... Lorelei King Abner Spragg/Popple ...... Jonathan Keeble Peter Van Degan ...... William...
Topic: BBC Radio Drama
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Oct 7, 2019 Simon McBurney
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BBCR3 2008 A Disappearing Number Drama on 3 Adapted for radio by Simon McBurney and Ben Power. Based on the stage play by the theatre company Complicite. An award-winning production exploring our relentless compulsion to understand, and which is a provocative meditation on the beauty of mathematics and the nature of creativity. It was inspired by the story of the collaboration between two of the 20th century's most notable pure mathematicians, Srinivasa Ramanujan, a poor Brahmin from South...
Topic: BBC Radio Drama
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Oct 7, 2019 Beth Granville + David Charles
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BBCR4 2017 Immerse yourself in the secret world of styling while Sabrina and the team attempt mission impossible, hair-wise Bleach for the Stars specialises in celebrity dip dyes and off-kilter karaoke. It's run by manageress and chief style engineer Sabrina, but much of the work is carried out by talented assistant stylist Tanisha. Genre     Sitcom Broadcast     2017 - 2019 Channel     BBC Radio Wales Episodes     12   (3 series) Starring     Beth Granville, Stephanie...
Topic: BBC Radio Comedy
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Oct 7, 2019 The Life Scientific
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BBCR4 2019 Noel Fitzpatrick on becoming a supervet The Life Scientific For all his success as a Supervet on TV and as a pioneering orthopedic surgeon, Noel Fitzpatrick insists that his life has been full of failures. He didn’t enjoy studying for his specialist vet exams and spent ten years working as an actor before setting up his veterinary practice, Fitzpatrick Referrals. Determined to offer animals access to medical treatments and facilities that are more commonly reserved for humans, he...
Topic: BBC Radio Documentary
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Oct 6, 2019 John Mortimer
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BBCR7 1997 Sensational British Trials John Mortimer presents a six-part series dramatising true crimes and trials that shocked the nation. A Radio Dramatisation by Michael Butt / Brian Sibley / John Taylor With Cara Kelly, Tony Osoba, Hilary Lyon, Christian Rodska, Kathleen McGoldrick, Simon Treves, Jane Whittenshaw, Frances Jeater, Joe Dunlop, Terence Edmond, Peter Kenny, Michael Cochrane, Stephen Thorne, Gavin Muir, Vincent Brimble, James Aubrey and 1. The Case Of The Fire In Room 66: Sidney...
Topic: BBC Radio Drama
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Oct 6, 2019 Sue Teddern
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BBCR4 2016 Beattie Edmondson and Nikesh Patel star in Sue Teddern's new comedy, set in a 1960s bedsit, inspired by Katharine Whitehorn's cookery classic. Genre     Sitcom Broadcast     2016 - 2017 Channel     BBC Radio 4 Episodes     8   (2 series) Creator     Katharine Whitehorn Starring     Beattie Edmondson, Nikesh Patel, Alison Belbin, John Bowler, John Dougall, Karen Bartke, Ellie Darvill, Rupert Holliday Evans and Eleanor Bron Writer     Sue Teddern Director    ...
Topic: BBC Radio Comedy
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Oct 6, 2019 Steve Punt + Hugh Dennis
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BBCR4 2019 A brand new series of comedy plays on a quizzing theme, written by Steve Punt and Hugh Dennis Episode 1. "Pub Quiz" Disaster has struck the reigning champions of the Red Lion Sunday Quiz Night, who find their team a man down with just hours to go - much to the distress of their captain, ex-GP Charles. Charles’ wife Anne offers step into the breach, but she’s never quizzed before and with their unbeaten record at stake, he turns her offer down. Furious, she forms a team...
Topic: BBC Radio Comedy
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Oct 6, 2019 BBC Radio 4
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BBCR4 2015 Dark Matter In Our Time Melvyn Bragg and his guests discuss dark matter, the mysterious and invisible substance which is believed to make up most of the Universe. In 1932 the Dutch astronomer Jan Oort noticed that the speed at which galaxies moved was at odds with the amount of material they appeared to contain. He hypothesized that much of this 'missing' matter was simply invisible to telescopes. Today astronomers and particle physicists are still fascinated by the search for dark...
Topic: BBC Radio Documentary
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Oct 5, 2019 Justin Butcher
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BBCR3 The Devil's Passion Drama on 3 David Suchet stars as Satan - and a bible's-worth of other characters, human and animal - in this comic, gripping, poetic and pungent hell's-eye view of the Passion of Christ, written by renowned satirist, playwright and actor Justin Butcher. 33 AD. Jesus enters Jerusalem to fulfil his destiny. Satan ascends from Hell to stop him. "Within the next hour, our operatives will isolate, engage and capture or kill the notorious leader of the most extreme,...
Topic: BBC Radio Comedy
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Oct 5, 2019 Alexei Sayle
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BBCR4 2016 Alexei Sayle's Imaginary Sandwich Bar marks a return to the BBC from one of the world's true comedy legends with a brand new stand-up and storytelling show. The Godfather of Alternative Comedy delivers a mixture of stand-up, memoir and philosophy from behind the counter of his Imaginary Sandwich Bar Genre     Stand-Up Broadcast     2016 - 2019 Channel     BBC Radio 4 Episodes     12   (3 series) Star     Alexei Sayle Writer     Alexei Sayle Producer     Joe...
Topic: BBC Radio Comedy
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Oct 4, 2019 John Steinbeck
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BBCR4 2016 East of Eden By John Steinbeck Dramatised by Donna Franceschild An epic tale exploring the nature of good and evil, inspired by the story of Cain and Abel. Cathy Ames is a young woman who has always filled her parents with a deep sense of unease. Adam and Charles Trask are brothers whose relationship veers dangerously between love and hate. Their lives are about to collide in a dark and febrile drama about familial love. Starring Holliday Grainger, Robin Laing and David Yip....
Topic: BBC Radio Drama
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Oct 4, 2019 Greg Jenner
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BBCR4 2019 History for people who don’t like history… and those who do. Greg Jenner brings together the best names in comedy and history to learn and laugh about the past. 01 Blackbeard 02 Boudica 03 Harriet Tubman 04 Joan of Arc 05 Justinian and Theodora 06 LGBTQ History 07 Mansa Musa 08 The Aztecs 09 The History of Football 10 The Spartans 11 The Witch Craze 12 Young Napoleon
Topic: BBC Radio Comedy
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Oct 4, 2019 Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band
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BBCR4 The Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band: Anarchy Must Be Organised Seriously... 2016 marks the 50th anniversary of the Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band going "professional" - kick-starting the chaos with a performance on the bastion of psychedelia and avant-garde: Blue Peter. The legendary Neil Innes looks back at the influence and influences of the Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band and the collision of art, humour, music, language and anarchy that permeated the band's career. Archive interviews and performances...
Topic: BBC Radio Music Documentary
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Oct 4, 2019 A M Smith
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BBCR4E 2017 AM Smith - 44 Scotland Street Alexander McCall Smith's much-loved series of novels is the basis of this full-cast dramatisation about the inhabitants of an Edinburgh tenement building. Anthropologist Domenica MacDonald observes the lives of her neighbours and the neighbourhood in Edinburgh's New Town. Pat, a new young tenant, arrives at 44 Scotland Street to flat share with Bruce. Bruce is a surveyor with more of an eye for the ladies than a sound property. We're introduced to...
Topic: BBC Radio Drama
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Oct 4, 2019 Gerald Foster
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BBCR4 The Cheese Shop were a troupe of six comedy writer-performers from the revue circuit of University of Warwick. Between 1997 and 1999, Gerard Foster, Dave Lamb, Gordon Southern, Tim Verrinder, Ben Ward and Richie Webb appeared in three series of their comedy sketch show The Cheese Shop Presents: The Butter Factor on BBC Radio 4. This show featured a number of sketches based around eccentric and outrageous characters, including drug-addicted and sexually deviant singer-songwriter Ted Ruby,...
Topic: BBC Radio Comedy
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Oct 4, 2019 Douglas Adams
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Douglas Adams - Live in Göttingen 3-14-1994 The first track, an introduction is in German, the rest are in English. This is a rare live recording of Douglas Adams in front of an enthusiastic audience in Germany.  Douglas discusses how his book "Last Chance to See" came about and reads and discusses passages from this book and some Hitchhiker's Guide material.  Hitchiker fans should love hearing Adams read Marvin's dialogue... Warm, witty and compassionately hilarious as one would...
Topic: BBC Radio Comedy
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Oct 2, 2019 BBC Radio 4
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BBCR4 2006 + 2008 Two different pieces both narrated by Charles Wheeler 1 Churchill Confidential Norman Brook was Cabinet Under Secretary during the Second World War and took personal, handwritten notes of the exchanges between Prime Minister Winston Churchill and his ministers. The BBC gained exclusive access to his notebooks, and journalist and broadcaster Charles Wheeler recreates the discussions, concerns - and disagreements - of those cabinet meetings. He narrates this compelling...
Topic: BBC Radio Drama
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Oct 2, 2019 Christopher Douglas
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BBCR4 2001 Dave Podmore is a fictional English cricketer created by Christopher Douglas, Andrew Nickolds and Nick Newman. Podmore is the epitome of English cricket: a talentless, arrogant, amateurish, smug, inept, politically incorrect, money-grabbing, self-deluding man. A doughty county crusader who has missed several England call-ups through celebration-related injury niggles, "Pod" is also a plain-speaking commentator whose columns for The Guardian have covered subjects as diverse...
Topic: BBC Radio Comedy
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Oct 2, 2019 Sean Lock
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BBCR4 1998 15 Minutes of Misery Genre     Sitcom Broadcast     1998 - 1999 Channel     BBC Radio 4 Episodes     6   (1 series) Starring     Sean Lock, Kevin Eldon and Hattie Hayridge Writer     Sean Lock Producer     Dan Freedman Sean Lock presents a show from his high-rise tower block flat, listening in to the varied assortment of neighbours who live around him, and interrupted by the occasional visitor. He eavesdrops on the block's other residents using the "Bugger...
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Oct 2, 2019 Joyce Porter
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BBCR4 2005 Dover and the Claret Tappers The Chief Inspector Dover Mysteries When one of their own gets kidnapped, there's a sense of jubilation at Scotland Yard. Not what you might expect, but then the victim is Inspector Dover, and he's not quite the detective England expects. Is this the start of something more sinister? Set in 1976, Joyce Porter's comedy thriller is dramatised by Paul Mendelson. Stars Kenneth Cranham as Chief Inspector Dover, Stuart McQuarrie as Sergeant McGregor, Crawford...
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Oct 1, 2019 BBCRWS
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BBCWS 2003 A History of Globalisation Series about the history of globalisation. Today, how it all started with the Stone Age hand axe. It was such a good solution to many everyday problems of survival that it spread around the world as Homo sapiens began the epic migration 90,000 years ago from southern Africa. And then the Romans and Chinese began to globalise the ancient world
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Oct 1, 2019 Francis Durbridge
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BBCR4 2008 Paul Temple and the Madison Mystery Paul Temple Paul and Steve are returning from New York on board a luxury liner when they meet an amnesiac millionaire. New production of an adventure by Francis Durbridge, first broadcast in 1949.
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Oct 1, 2019 P G Wodehouse
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BBCR4 1992 Stanley Featherstonehaugh Ukridge is an eternal chancer with an eye for a quick buck - preferably without having to do any work himself, and certainly without having put in any of his own capital (for he has none). Occasionally residing with his novelist Aunt Julia in Wimbledon but often gallivanting off in search of fame and fortune from whichever is his latest wheeze, Ukridge is not one to let any opportunity for financial exploitation pass him by, as his friends know to their...
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Oct 1, 2019 Wilkie Collins
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BBCR7 2003 Wilkie Collins - Who Killed Zebedee? Given just days to live, a Victorian policeman is ready to make his final confession He candidly reveals his involvement in a murder case many years before. As a young police constable in London, he recalls how a young woman burst in with news of a gruesome killing... Detective story by Wilkie Collins, first published in 1881. Read by Ronald Pickup. Producer: Joanne Reardon Made for BBC 7 and first broadcast in October 2003.
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Oct 1, 2019 Douglas Adams
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BBCR4 2008 Harry Enfield stars once again in a full-cast dramatisation of Douglas Adams' second "Dirk Gently" novel, scripted and directed by the award-winning Dirk Maggs.  The cast includes Olivia Colman, Billy Boyd and Stephen Moore. Kate Schechter would like to know why everyone she meets knows her name.  And why Thor, the Norse God of Thunder, keeps showing up on her doorstep.  It takes the sardonic genius of Dirk Gently, detective and refrigerator-wrestler, to get to the...
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Sep 30, 2019 Shaun McKenna + Lin Coghlan
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BBCR4 China Towns Drama Inspired by the novels of Arnold Bennett, an epic tale of money, passion and defiance set in the Staffordshire potteries. Dramatised for radio by Shaun McKenna and Lin Coghlan. It’s the 19th Century and the Industrial Revolution is at full throttle. Only the ruthless thrive in this uncompromising world. Edwin Clayhanger leaves school with dreams of becoming a painter but his father’s having none of it. Ephraim Tellwright ….. Neil Dudgeon Darius Clayhanger ….. Tim...
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Sep 30, 2019 Douglas Adams
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BBCR4 2007 Dirk Gently (real name Svlad Cjelli) is a private detective who believes in the fundamental interconnectedness of all things. His Holistic Detective Agency therefore solves the whole crime and finds the whole person, although admittedly his cases mostly tend to involve missing cats. Gently's first case is that of the murder of Gordon Way, owner of WayForward Technologies II. His work college, Richard MacDuff, believes that he is being considered as the prime suspect, which leads him...
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Sep 30, 2019 Jonathan Holloway
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BBCR4 2018 The Double Dangerous Visions Jonathan Holloway's reimagining of Dostoyevsky's nightmare vision of a lonely civil servant driven to madness when his life is stolen by a doppelganger. Produced and directed by Gemma Jenkins Jonathan Holloway has taken Dostoyevksy's tale of the lonely civil servant on the verge of a nervous breakdown and relocated it to a steampunk version of 19th Century St Petersburg, substituting the labyrinthine Tsarist bureaucracy of the original with the advanced...
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Sep 30, 2019 BBC Radio 4
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BBCR4 2015 Historian and writer Ben Macintyre presents a series on bluff and guile in battle. Episode 1 26/10/2015 All Fair in War: A History of Military Deception "All warfare is based on deception", wrote ancient Chinese philosopher and military strategist Sun Tzu. It may have been written five centuries before the birth of Christ, but his handbook The Art of War is as relevant now as it ever was. Historian and writer Ben Macintyre starts his 5-part focus on bluff and guile in...
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Sep 30, 2019 BBC Radio 2
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BBCR2 2019 The Parlophone years pet shop boys, documentary Broadcast to coincide with them headlining at 2019's Radio 2 in Hyde Park Concert, Graham Norton presents a special programme in which Pet Shop Boys Neil Tennant and Chris Lowe reassess their eleven albums released on Parlophone Records between 1986 and 2012. Featuring an intimate and in-depth interview, Neil and Chris remember making the acclaimed records: Please (1986) Actually (1987) Introspective (1988) Behaviour (1990) Very (1993)...
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Sep 30, 2019 Alexander McCall-Smith
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BBCR4 2019 The House of Unexpected Sisters The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency A new dramatisation by Alexander McCall Smith from his popular novels set in Gabarone's only detective agency. Episode 1 - The House of Unexpected Sisters Mma Ramotswe dips a reluctant toe into local politics while the Agency is charged with investigating a simple case of wrongful dismissal. Mma Ramotswe ... JANICE ACQUAH Mma Makutsi ... NADINE MARHSALL Mr JLB Matekoni ... BEN ONWUKWE Mr Polopetsi ... STEVE TOUSSAINT...
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Sep 30, 2019 Frank Skinner
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BBCR4 2011 - 2016 Don't Start Don't Start is a scripted comedy with a deceptively simple premise - an argument. Each week, our couple fall out over another apparently trivial flashpoint - a text from a friend, a trilby and a bad night's sleep are just some of the starting points. Each week, the stakes mount as Neil and Kim battle with words. But these are no ordinary arguments. The two outdo each other with increasingly absurd images, unexpected literary references (Androcles and the Lion pop...
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Sep 29, 2019 Susan Hill
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BBCR3 1973 Susan Hill - Consider the Lilies Charles Bowman saw angels when his sister drowned. Blakean visions which led to his isolation. Decades later, as a 53-year old bachelor in charge of botanical gardens, he sees angels once again. They appear to him in a magnolia tree, blazing with the light of God. Bowman wants to rid himself of these visions. No doctor can provide an answer. But he finds himself drawn to dying girl called Susannah, who likes to visit his gardens. At last someone...
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Sep 29, 2019 BBC Radio 4
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BBCR4 Napoleon: The Man and the Myths Historian Andrew Roberts presents a series, recorded partly on location in Paris, which dispels some myths about Napoleon Bonaparte. Episode 1 Napoleon: The Man and the Myths Episode 1 of 5 Napoleon was savaged by British caricaturists during his lifetime. They loved to portray him as 'little Boney' - a short, uncouth, villainous, Corsican upstart. In this programme, historian Andrew Roberts dispels some of those myths. Episode 2 Napoleon: The Man and the...
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Sep 29, 2019 Johnny Meres
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BBCR4 1996 My Booze Hell, by Little Johnny Cartilage Series based on Johnny Meres' Perrier-nominated show, as the faded 70s idol explains his downfall to a bemused Sue Lawley Johnny Meres wrote and starred in this biographical Late Night Opening quickie series about a washed-up seventies pop idol.  More surreal than satirical, the series featured a regular supporting cast of Ben Miller, Peter Serafinowicz, Geoff McGivern, Rosemary Martin and Deborah Berlin, plus a different guest interviewer...
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Sep 29, 2019 Matthew Broughton
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BBCR4 2016 -2018 Tracks A multi-award-winning conspiracy thriller, written by Matthew Broughton. When Dr Helen Ash witnesses the brutal and disturbing crash of the plane that is carrying her father, the incident sets her on an investigation into a dark conspiracy. Florian Chauvin was flying to Wales to tell his daughter something important, but his plane fell out of the sky. What was Florian coming to tell Helen? Who was he travelling with? And why did his plane crash? Cast & Crew Helen...
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Sep 28, 2019 BBC Radio 4
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BBCR4 2019 Just a Minute s85 A panel game in which the contestants are challenged to speak for one minute without hesitation, deviation or repetition on any subject that comes up on the cards
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Sep 27, 2019 Mike Bartlett
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Do3 2015 King Charles III Drama on 3 After a lifetime of waiting, Charles ascends the throne. A future of power. But how to rule? Mike Bartlett's 'future history' play won the 2015 Olivier Award for Best New Play. The production, directed by Rupert Goold, premiered at the Almeida Theatre before moving to the West End in a co-production with Sonia Friedman Productions and Stuart Thompson Productions. This "bracingly provocative and outrageously entertaining new play" (The Independent)...
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Sep 27, 2019 Neil Warhurst
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BBCR4 2012 Clayton Grange A radio sitcom about a team of brilliantly stupid scientists who attempt to think the unthinkable... but can't Genre     Sitcom Broadcast     2012 - 2014 Channel     BBC Radio 4 Episodes     8   (2 series) Starring     Anthony Head, Neil Warhurst, Paul Barnhill, Stephanie Racine, Paul Stonehouse, Heather Craney and Don Gilet Writer     Neil Warhurst Director     Marion Nancarrow Producer     Marion Nancarrow Comedy set around Clayton Grange, a...
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Sep 27, 2019 Jonathan James-Moore
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BBCR4E 2015 Horne of Plenty Jonathan James-Moore's inside story of Beyond Our Ken and Round the Horne. With Ron Moody, Bill Pertwee and Brian Cooke. Features the first and last episodes of both series.
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Sep 27, 2019 Philip Pullman
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His Dark Materials. Radio 4 Extra. First Broadcast on BBC Radio 4 - The Saturday Play by Philip Pullman, dramatised by Lavinia Murray Dramatisation of Philip Pullman's epic worlds trilogy. 1 - Northern Lights. 4 November 2017. First Broadcast 4 January 2003 2 - The Subtle Knife. 11 November 2017. First Broadcast 11 January 2003 3 - The Amber Spyglass. 18 November 2017. First Broadcast 18 January 2003 The epic worlds trilogy begins with Lyra delving into the mystery of 'Dust'. Credits Lyra -...
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Sep 27, 2019 P G Wodehouse
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BBCR4 1994 - 1999 The Oldest Member - P G Wodehouse The Oldest Member (of an unnamed golf club) is a fictional character from the short stories and novels of P. G. Wodehouse. He narrates the majority of Wodehouse's golf stories from the terrace of a golf club whose location is unclear, and is never given a proper name. The location of the golf club is also unclear from the context of the stories. In "The Clicking of Cuthbert", it appears to be in England. In "The Heart of a...
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Sep 26, 2019 Sue Townsend
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BBCR4 2019 Adrian Mole And The Weapons Of Mass Destruction The fifth book in Radio 4's series of readings from Adrian's diaries, written by Sue Townsend. It starts in 2002 and covers the controversial period of the Iraq War. Adrian is 34, working in a bookshop in Leicester and about to become the proud owner of a trendy loft apartment. His single status is about to change too, putting further strain on his already stretched finances. As war looms, Adrian is unwavering in his support for Prime...
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Sep 26, 2019 BBCR2
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BBCR2 'I Hope We Passed the Audition' The Beatles 'I hope we passed the audition' were John Lennon's final words at the Beatles' last public performance, a rooftop concert in 1969 at their Apple Corps headquarters in Savile Row in London. This programme explores how the concert came about.
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Sep 26, 2019 BBCWS
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BBCWS The Story of Africa The events and people who shaped a continent 01 The Cradle of Humankind 02 Africa and the Nile Valley 03 The Berbers of North Africa 04 The Bantu Migration 05 African Traditional Religions 06 The Coming of Christianity 07 The Rise of Islam 08 The Ancient Kingdom of Ghana 09 The Great Empires of Mali and Songhay 10 The Swahili Coast 11 The Kongo and Great Zimbabwe 12 Art in Africa 13 The Hausa City States 14 The Roots of Slavery 15 The Transatlantic Slave Trade 16...
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Sep 26, 2019 Chris Addison
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BBCR4 2004 The Department s1-3 The Department is a secret organisation with the power to influence every aspect of your life. At its heart is Research Team 32, an eccentric three-man think-tank with the brief to brainstorm new ideas on solving society's problems. Forget Government.  Forget Parliament. Your future is in their hands. The Department is written and performed by Chris Addison, John Oliver and Andy Zaltzman, with Peter Dickson, Matthew Holness and Lucy Montgomery. 1st Series 2004...
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Sep 26, 2019 G K Chesterton
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BBCR4 2013 The Club of Queer Trades is a collection of stories by G. K. Chesterton first published in 1905. Each story in the collection is centered on a person who is making his living by some novel and extraordinary means (a "queer trade", using the word "queer" in the sense of "peculiar"). To gain admittance one must have invented a unique means of earning a living and the subsequent trade being the main source of income. The framing narrative by...
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Sep 25, 2019 Andrew Marshall + John Lloyd
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BBCR4 1980 Hordes Of The Things A radio series parodying J.R.R. Tolkien's Lord of the Rings trilogy, written by John Lloyd and Andrew Marshall Genre     Sitcom Broadcast     1980 Channel     BBC Radio 4 Episodes     4   (1 series) Starring     Frank Middlemass, Paul Eddington, Simon Callow, Maggie Steed, Jonathan Lynn, Christian Rodska and Patrick Magee Writers     Andrew Marshall and John Lloyd Producer     Geoffrey Perkins The kingdom of Albion is under threat from The...
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Sep 25, 2019 Harper Lee
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BBCR4 2015 Go Set a Watchman Book at Bedtime Harper Lee's explosive second novel was finally published in 2015. Believed lost for decades after the publication of 'To Kill A Mockingbird', this book revisits much-loved characters, this time through adult eyes. Jean Louise 'Scout' Finch travels from New York to Maycomb for her annual visit home. It's always a relief to slip into the comfortable rhythms of the South; to spend time with her beloved father Atticus and rekindle her spiky relationship...
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Sep 25, 2019 Danny Robins
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BBCR4 The Cold Swedish Winter This series, set and recorded in Sweden, stars Adam Riches and some of Sweden's most popular TV comedy actors. Geoff moves to the tiny, cold and unpronounceable village of Yxsjö in northern Sweden; a culture shock forced on him by his Swedish girlfriend Linda's decision to move home to raise their child. Geoff has to contend with snow, moose, pickled herring, unemployment, snow, Maypole dancing, snowmobiles, snow, meatball rolling, saunas, social democracy, snow,...
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Sep 24, 2019 Michael Frayn
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BBCR4 1987 Michael Frayn - Clouds "They're all the same these places... guided tour of collective farms, National folk-dance company, Kindergarten where they sing you a patriotic song. You go along with it for a couple of days before you put the boot in. Insist on seeing the jails. My name's Owen by the way. I'm doing it for one of the colour mags." Coffee and literature or art and sugar? Rival Sunday supplement writers clash under 1970s Cuban skies. Michael Frayn's drama stars...
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Sep 24, 2019 Wally K Daly
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BBCR4 1984 With a Whimper to the Grave Wally K Daly To combat the threat of an alien invasion, the nations of Earth formed a World Council. The aliens gave certain humans extraordinary 'sixth-sense' powers, but these were abused. The British Government is ready to give an update on their plans... Starring John Shrapnel as Tom Harris, Maureen O'Brien as Sally Harris, Donald Hewlett as AP Smith, Patrick Troughton as George, Angela Thorne as the Prime Minister and Timothy West as 642. Director:...
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Sep 24, 2019 BBC Radio 4
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BBCR4 Down With Skool: The Art of Molesworth Philip Hensher explores the art of the gloriously eccentric Molesworth books. Nigel Molesworth is one of the immortal characters of British literature - a 1950s prep-school boy, the 'goriller of 3B' and the 'curse of st custard's'. Molesworth's diaries, written by Geoffrey Willans, first appeared in Punch and were later developed into four books, Down with Skool! (1953), How to be Topp (1954), Whizz for Atomms (1956) and Back in the Jug Agane (1959)....
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Sep 24, 2019 Bill Dare
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BBCR4 2011 Brian Gulliver's Travels Brian Gulliver, a travel documentary presenter, has been missing for six years. He's now in mental hospital because of his bizarre adventures Neil Pearson stars in this satirical new adventure story from Bill Dare. In this series, Brian reveals a new story each week. A seasoned presenter of travel documentaries, he finds himself in a mental hospital after claiming to have experienced a succession of bizarre adventures on the undiscovered continent of...
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Sep 24, 2019 Mark Gatiss
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The Man in Blacks1-4 Introduced by Mark Gatiss as sinister raconteur, The Man in Black. The Man In Black first appeared in the 1940s as the chilling voice who introduced a series of terrifying radio dramas. He returned on Radio 4 in the 1970s and then again in the late 80s/early 90s. Horrifying series of tales from The Man in Black. You might meet him at a luggage carousel in an airport, or behind the desk at an employment agency or he might approach you in the corridor of a care home. Wherever...
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Sep 24, 2019 Henning Wehn
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BBCR2 Henning Wehn (the self-appointed German Comedy Ambassador to the United Kingdom) has spent over ten years living in the UK and feels he's in a good position to share his views on Britain and its unique foibles. With a tongue sharper than a rapier sword, and searing Teutonic honesty, he shares his thoughts on what it is to be British. Taking a look at various aspects of British life over the next six weeks - politics, languages, sport, humour, shopping - he begins with the very British...
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Sep 23, 2019 Dave Gorman
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Dave Gorman's Pub Olympics Dave Gorman hosts a one off, very silly panel show that takes place in a world where the Pub Olympics is far more important than that other Olympics you might have heard about. Contestants Chris Addison, Roisin Conaty, Geoff Lloyd and Seymour Mace compete for gold medals in a series of ridiculous rounds, very loosely based on sports. Usain Bolt can run the 100m in 9.58 seconds, what do the panellists think they could do in 9.58 seconds? Contestants have to fill the...
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Sep 23, 2019 Anita Sullivan
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Shadowbahn Dangerous Visions The Twin Towers reappear in Dakota in 2021. Nothing is predictable in this new America and reality and history are turned upside down. What exists and what is a shadow? Steve Erickson's 2017 novel was hailed by critics as the first novel of the Trump era. It imagines checkpoints and borders and rupture zones in a country that's torn apart. Parker, aged 23, and his 15 year-old sister Zema are driving from the West coast to see their mother in Michigan. On a news feed...
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Sep 23, 2019 Ian Hislop
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BBCR4 I, Object! - Ian Hislop Ian Hislop celebrates artefacts from the British Museum that show mankind's enduring desire to dissent. Ian Hislop, editor of the satirical magazine Private Eye, has been invited by the British Museum to curate an exhibition celebrating the variety, ingenuity and extent of dissent around the world. With the help of museum curators he's collected artefacts that tell a story of the way people have made a stand, however humble or grand, against the constraints of the...
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Sep 23, 2019 Pink Floyd
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Pink Floyd A selection of Pink Floyd tracks played live at and broadcast from the BBC Radio studios in 1970 + 1971 Atom Heart Mother If Echoes Careful With That Axe Eugene Green is the Colour One of These Days Fat Old Sun - 2 versions Embryo - 2 versions
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Sep 23, 2019 BBC Radio 4
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A Sting in the Tale. BBC R4 Extra Series of tales with a twist and to send a chill up the spine...
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Sep 23, 2019 Kenneth Williams
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Stop Messing About - Kenneth Williams Stop Messing About was the follow-up to Round the Horne starring Kenneth Williams, with Hugh Paddick and Joan Sims. The announcer was Douglas Smith. The sudden death of Kenneth Horne, at the end of series four of Round the Horne prompted a rewrite of the material intended for series five which then found its way into Stop Messing About alongside new sketches; Round the Horne writers Johnnie Mortimer and Brian Cooke are therefore credited with series one of...
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Sep 22, 2019 J Cleese + C Booth
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Fawlty Towers s1+2 Classic farcical comedy set in a seaside hotel in Torquay, run by the misanthropic Basil Fawlty and his gossipy wife Sybil. Starring John Cleese and Prunella Scales 101 A Touch of Class 102 The Builders 103 The Wedding Party 104 The Hotel Inspectors 105 Gourmet Night 106 The Germans 201 Communication Problems 202 The Psychiatrist 203 Waldorf Salad 204 The Kipper and the Corpse 205 The Anniversary 206 Basil the Rat
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Sep 22, 2019 John Harvey
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BBCR4 Inspector Resnick - John Harvey Slow Burn When Jimmy Nolan's Nottingham jazz club burns down, it looks initially like an insurance job. But for jazz-loving Detective Inspector Charlie Resnick and his team, this is just the start of a more sinister and deadly chain of events. Slow Burn is one of John Harvey series of police thrillers set in the industrial wasteland of Nottingham in the 1980s and 1990s. Charlie Resnick ...... Philip Jackson Graham Millington ...... Sean Baker Lynn Kellogg...
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